Louis Walsh has been flown to America to cover Simon Cowell on X Factor USA.

The Sun newspaper reports this morning that Walsh was flown over on a private jet last night after filming wrapped up at the Manchester auditions process for the UK version.

The paper says that Cowell had to pull out for a few days after falling ill with bronchitis. Walsh will be in Kansas City to judge the latest auditions for the American version alongside Britney Spears, LA Reid and Demi Lovato.

Louis Walsh is the only original judge on the X Factor since its launch in 2004.

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